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NASA Eyes UAS Airspace Integration Technologies; Laurie Grindle Comments

droneNASA is set to wrap up the process of developing and testing various unmanned aerial technologies for airspace integration in 2016, FedScoop reported Monday.

Jake Williams writes the space agency is evaluating sense-and-avoid systems that are intended to prevent drones and manned aircraft from colliding with each other.

Laurie Grindle, program manager for the project, told FedScoop the agency aims to help the Federal Aviation Administration operate unmanned systems through the project.

Grindle said the program’s first phase involved testing of the drone in a virtual environment that shared data between NASA flight centers.

NASA’s second phase plans will include flight tests in a real setting to assess the performance of the integrated technology, Grindle told the publication.

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